Are you unhappy with your current tooth replacements? While they span smile gaps and help you chew and smile, conventional bridgework and dentures often slip and make oral tissues sore. Additionally, they do nothing to preserve gum tissue and jaw bone density, and they last ten years at best. What’s the alternative? Dental implants in Clarksville are an outstanding choice. Learn about them from the experts at Arkansas River Valley Dentistry.
How Dental Implants Replace Teeth
At Arkansas River Valley Dentistry, your dentist in Clarksville, Drs. Fisher, Cook and Nichols, offers innovative dental implants to patients missing teeth because of extensive decay, gum disease or oral injury. To qualify, an individual must be in good oral and systemic health and have sufficient jaw bone to support the implant.
Dr. Foster evaluates prospective implant patients with a careful oral examination, digital X-rays, and computer imaging. These three elements allow Dr. Foster to place implants extremely accurately.
Screw-like, durable and biocompatible, the titanium implant resides in the jaw bone itself, and after some weeks of healing, the patient receives a metal alloy abutment post and porcelain crown to complete the artificial tooth. Also versatile, dental implants may be used to anchor fixed, multi-tooth bridgework (for one or more missing teeth in a row) and full arch dentures.
A natural process called osseointegration provides the dental implant with unparalleled stability. Titanium metal and human bone have an amazing affinity for each other, and through it, the implant actually strengthens the jaw bone. This stability and strength account for the dental implant’s high success and retention rate (about 95 percent according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons).
Caring for Dental Implants
Whatever number of dental implants you receive, count on them to last. For individuals over 45, they’ll likely last a lifetime. While the crowns or dentures placed on implants eventually wear out, the devices themselves do not. In fact, the implants remain healthy and functioning in the jaw bone for decades, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Your dentist in Clarksville says good oral hygiene is key to implant longevity. Careful at-home brushing and flossing avoid implant failure from an infection called peri-implantitis. Very similar to advanced gum disease, peri-implantitis involves:
- Red, swollen gums
- Gum and bone recession
- Implant failure
As always, avoiding smoking and chewing tobacco deters many kinds of oral health complications.
Additionally, the professional team at Arkansas River Valley Dentistry advises:
- Using a non-abrasive, fluoride toothpaste
- Drinking plenty of water daily to keep implant sites clean
- Using interdental brushes to clean around implant abutments and to stimulate gum tissue
- Getting routine exams and professional cleanings
You Can Have a Stable and Beautiful Smile
Your dental implants should be the only tooth replacements you’ll ever need. For a personal restorative dentistry consultation, contact Arkansas River Valley Dentistry. Find out if you are a candidate for a great smile with dental implants.